Dutchess Business Notification Network Update for Thursday, May 14, 2020

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Below are updates and resources for businesses, employers, and employees. Please feel free to forward this email to anyone you believe would benefit from this information.

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Update for Thursday, May 14, 2020

  • Phase-1 reopening businesses required to fill out a state provided form for affirmation of safety guidelines before reopening. The guidelines are broken out by industry and can be found HERE. On that same page, business safety plan templates are provided. These plans do not need to be submitted to the state, but must be posted on premises and available for inspection by state and local officials.
  • Essential businesses must also complete the affirmation and create a business safety plan, but no forms are available from the State, yet.
  • An FAQ page has been released by Empire State Development regarding the reopening plans. That page can be found HERE.
  • OSHA has released guidance for ride-share, taxi, and car service workers. That guidance can be found HERE. OSHA guidance for nursing home and long-term care facility workers can be found HERE. They have also released guidance for retail pharmacies, which can be found HERE.
  • In today’s (Thursday) press conference Governor Andrew Cuomo said any business looking to begin or expand production of PPE will be able to get financial assistance from the state. To learn more information on this program, go HERE.
  • Cuomo said the state would rely on possible Federal legislation to provide liability immunity to businesses who are reopening. He is currently not looking at having the state provide immunity through an Executive Order.

If you have any questions regarding the information in this notification or any other business related concerns and suggestions, please email Contact@DutchessBNN.com. Please do NOT contact elected officials regarding information in this email as they are currently inundated with handling the government response to this crisis. This network was created to help coordinate responses and share the burden, and we ask that you please contact us with any questions or concerns so our elected officials can focus on their task at hand. Thank you for your continued support through this time.

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